Thursday, April 2, 2015

Notebooking Daily Writing Exercise April 2, 2015

Daily Exercise Genre: Ekphrasis.

About today's writing prompt genre: Ekphrasis is from Greek meaning the description of a work of art as a rhetorical device. That's actually pretty straight forward, but another way to look at it, is it's highfalutin fan fiction, usually about paintings or pieces of music, but it can be about virtually anything. Look at or listen to the following piece of art and write a piece of prose or poetry that is inspired by some aspect of it.

Today's artwork is...

Fragile Dream by Joe Hisaishi from his album Piano Stories 4.

Listen to the whole song (I like to do it with my eyes closed when trying to write an ekphrastic piece from music). As you go along, try to pick parts that stand out, and isolate one or two to flesh out. The interplay of violin and piano definitely lends itself to a dialog or perhaps something of a symbiosis or dependency between two things or people, but the piece lilts in many ways. It may remind you of a specific place, a memory, it could transport you to somewhere you've seen in a movie or in a picture. Maybe you have the Wii game Fragile Dreams and the name of the song transported you to some of the game's story or art. Listen to the music at least three times before you finish your piece.


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